Fellow Emeritus, School of Computer Science and Statistics TCD
Member ScienceElected in 2009
Professor Jane Grimson is a computer engineering graduate from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and holds a Masters and Doctorate in Computer Science from the Universities of Toronto and Edinburgh, respectively. She returned to Trinity College as a lecturer in Computer Science in 1980 and was elected a Fellow in 1991. She is a former Dean of Engineering and of Research and served as Vice-Provost from 2001-2005. She is a Past-President of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (now Engineers Ireland), the Irish Academy of Engineering, the Irish Computer Society, and the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Irish Academy of Engineering, and Engineers Ireland and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. From 2006 until her retirement in 2014, she was partially seconded to the newly established Health Information and Quality Authority, initially as Director of Health Information and subsequently as Acting Chief Executive. She was elected a Pro Chancellor of the University of Dublin in 2016.
Professor Grimson has published widely in the field of database systems and health informatics particularly in the area of electronic health records.
She was a member of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland, of the Executive of the European Science Foundation and of the European Research Advisory Board. She also chaired the Irish Council for Science, Engineering and Technology from 2005 to 2010 and the Health Research Board until 2020.
Professor Grimson is a strong advocate for the advancement of women in engineering and in research more broadly. She helped to establish WiSER (the Centre for Women in Science and Engineering Research) at Trinity College Dublin and chaired the Gender Equality Task Force NUI Galway from 2015-2016.
In 2017 she was awarded an honorary degree by NUI Galway for services to engineering and to gender equality in higher education.